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Pugwash and Sloan

Pugwash “A Rose In A Garden Of Weeds: A Preamble Through The History Of Pugwash” It isn’t news to most power pop fans that Pugwash is the one of the best bands in Ireland. The band has made the commitment to visit the US on tour this October and it only makes sense to release […]

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Kurt Baker and The Persian Leaps

Kurt Baker “Brand New B-Sides” When Kurt and Wyatt Funderburk worked on Brand New Beat three years ago, they still had plenty of gems leftover to make a follow-up. Much like Kurt’s debut the songs here have the same sound and catchy energy. “Quit Dancing With My Girl” is another perfect amalgam of Elvis Costello […]

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Rock is Dead. Seriously? Open your ears, man!

Commentary by Steve Baldwin So Gene Simmons of Kiss has declared rock and roll is dead. To be fair, he had a few good points. There will never be another Dylan or Beatles. The era of the rock and roll gods making millions from society’s youth alone is indeed dead. Also gone is the power […]

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Bracket “Hold Your Applause”

Bracket is a rock band from Forestville, California that gives us power pop in the tradition of Superdrag, Extreme and Sugarbomb or more simply put, Bracket combines buzzsaw punk guitar with heavenly harmonies. The band has been around since the early ’90s consisting of lead vocalist and guitarist Marty Gregori, bassist and backing vocalist Zack […]

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Concert Review: Power Popaholic Fest – Day 2

Review by Barry Dreyfus | Photos courtesy of Tom Parisi and Elizabeth Racz Having decided that one day of incredible power pop wasn’t sufficient, Day 2 picked up right about where they left off. Opening the 2nd night was Paul Bertolino, whose sophisticated take on pop harkens to Bachrach/David and a Cali sunshine feel. His […]

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